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ISSUE DATE: March 19, 2001


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Breaking ground for new office space
Preparation work for the new Faculty Office Building is underway! Construction equipment took over the parking lot on the west side of the Resnick Engineering Hall last week to begin site development work, such as installing utilities and preparing the foundation. The modules that will form the new building will be installed in April and the new building is scheduled to be completed in early June. Over the summer, the Black Studies, Math and Computer Sciences departments will move into the new Faculty Office Building, while the English Department will move to the Jacobson Faculty Tower. The moves are part of the process to return College Hall to service as a resident hall.

Dean evaluations
The Organization Committee developed a form and objectives of evaluations as part of its charter to evaluate deans and acting deans. The drafts of the form and statement of objectives are available in the library and the committee is inviting faculty and professional staff to comment on them. The committee will accept comments through March 26. The committee will use the comments to make revisions and prepare a final form that will be presented to the University Senate on April 20. The final form will be sent to all faculty on May 4. For further information, contact Simin Mozayeni at

Resnick gift nurses community
A $90,000 gift from Louis and Mildred Resnick will fund at least 13 scholarships for nursing students this coming fall and will endow a nursing scholarship for future years. With this gift, the Resnick's support of SUNY New Paltz now exceeds $2 million.

From FDR to Clinton and now Bush
The Department of Political Science and International Relations will host a visit to SUNY New Paltz by Professor Fred Greenstein of the Department of Politics at Princeton University on Monday, March 26. The title of Professor Greenstein's talk is "Presidential Leadership: How Does George W. Bush Compare with his Predecessors?" Greenstein's most recent book, "The Presidential Difference: Leadership Style from FDR to Clinton," identifies six central qualities that are necessary to successful presidential leadership. Copies of his book are on sale in the Campus Bookstore, and will also be available for purchase and signing at the event. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Coykendall Science Building Auditorium (bottom level) from 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Your participation could help our accreditation
The final version of the Decennial Self-Study: 1991-2000 has been completed by the Middle States Steering Committee. A copy of this document is available on the Web at: or in hard copy at the library reference desk. The Middle States Steering Committee encourages the campus community to review the document and attend a meeting on March 27 in Lecture Center 112 between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to provide comments and suggestions concerning the content of the report. This will be the last open meeting before the Accreditation Team arrives on April 1 to begin its review of the university. Classified and professional staff may attend these meeting as part of the workday.

Sharpen your writing skills
The Writing Board will sponsor a critical writing symposium on Tuesday, April 3, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., in the Coykendall Science Building Auditorium. The symposium will feature the following panelists: Sydney Schanberg, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and visiting journalism professor; Ken Johnson, New York Times art critic, and Sheryl Gay Stolberg, New York Times science writer. The event is free and open to the public.

The Academic Affairs Committee wants your input
At the last Academic Affairs Committee meeting, there was a forum to discuss the many variables that go into constructing a calendar. After a lengthy discourse, the committee agreed to send a notice to all members of the faculty and professional staff asking individuals to identify the three most important concerns -- in order of preference -- that should be considered in constructing a calendar. The concerns should recognize some key parameters that must be met in creating the calendar: 14 Mondays, Tuesdays, etc. of class meeting; a 15th week for exams; and 70 instructional days. Comments can be sent via e-mail to Stuart Robinson by March 28. The committee will make a report of the results at the next faculty meeting. For additional information, contact your department's Academic Affairs Committee representative.



Since the last report, H.R. Stoneback (English) has published the following book and essays: Café Millennium & Other Poems. New Orleans: Portals Press, 2000; "A Dark Ill-Lighted Place: Fitzgerald and Hemingway, Philippe Count of Darkness and Philip Counter-Espionage Agent" in Jackson Bryer et al eds., . F. Scott Fitzgerald: New Perspectives, Athens & London: University of Georgia Press, 2000, pages 231-249; "The Complete Quest: Pilgrimage, Treasure, Transformation-Burroughs and Fishing," in Charlotte X. Walker ed. Sharp Eyes: John Burroughs and American Nature Writing, Syracuse University Press, 2000, pages 93-102., "Burroughs' Quiet Legacy Spans Nation and Generations," and an essay in The Hudson Valley: Our Heritage, Our Future, Gannett, 2000, pages 118-119.



Andrew Carpenter, James DeArce , Neil Kaiser, Laura Kowalewski and Brian Obach, all from Sociology, presented papers at the 71st Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society in Philadelphia, PA on March 1-4. Peter Kaufman (Sociology) organized and presided over the session titled "Cultures of Change and Changes of Culture."

Three faculty members from the Geography Department presented papers at the 97th Annual Meeting of The Association of American Geographers in New York City March 1-3. John I. Sharp's presentation was titled "Betting on the Catskills: The Political Economy of Gambling's Diffusion in New York." Mika Roinila's presentation was titled "The Sauna in American Popular Culture." Mark Wiljanen's presentation was titled "The Delineation of North American Regions: A GIS Implementation," and he also chaired the session "Using Remote Sensing and GIS Regionally."

Nadine Wasserman (Samual Dorsky Museum of Art) chaired a panel entitled "In Cold Blood: Violence and Art" at the 89th Annual College Art Association Conference in Chicago from February 28- March 3.

Russell H. Waines (Geology) presented "The 'Ultimate' Taconic Thrust Slice -- An Extension of the Normanskill Sequence (Earthly Medial Ordovician), Mid-Hudson Valley, New York," and Donahue Patrick (Geology) presented "Report on a Segment of a Major Thrust Fault in the Martinsburg Group (Medial Ordovician), Lower Wallkill Valley, Southeastern New York" at the 36th annual meeting of the Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America held in Burlington, Vt., March 12-14.


Alumni in the news

Anne Gorrick and Cynthia Winika (New Paltz alumna 1964) were awarded an Artists' Book Production Grant from the Women's Studio Workshop in Rosendale, N.Y., for their collaborative artists' book "Swans, the Ice." The book was inspired by Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic adventures and the Chinese notion of the three perfection's in art combining poetry, painting and calligraphy. The book is silk-screened, coated in an encaustic wax skin, and folded into a wooden box with a Plexiglas top. Initial versions of the book were included in an exhibition "From Process to Object: A Collaborative Artists' Book" at the Gallery at R&F Handmade Paints in Kingston, N.Y. Images from this show can be viewed online at


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